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REVIEW Ash Princess

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother the Fire ueen was murdered before her eyes On that day the Kaiser took Theodosia's family her land and her name Theo was crowned Ash Princess a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisonerFor ten years Theo has been Is it better to have your life ended by someone who hates you or someone who loves you? Ash Princess has a heroine desperately trying to reclaim her stolen throne a mindlessly evil tyrant who stole said throne and a love triangle What's that you say? You've heard this one before? Yeah me too That being said to give credit where it's due it stands out for being compulsively readable and entertainingPlot and character wise it resembles many other YA fantasies But I was just complaining in my review of Sky in the Deep about how I keep reading a lot of “shallow and emotionless” YA fantasy books and this happens to be one that breaks the pattern I can't deny it is very compelling though it relies heavily on violence abuse and misery to keep us turning the pagesI'll spare you a plot summary you can probably guess it anyway and just say there's a rightful ueen held captive by the conuerors of her kingdom who must assist the underground rebellion and reclaim her throne Whilst fighting off the hot dudes along the way of courseMany are comparing this to Red ueen which I did think was shallow and emotionless Instead I’d compare it to Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes both books are heavy on the violence feature slavery as a theme have a love triangle sort of and an evil tyrant driving the drama and action They are also similarly paced and engaging Aside from an awkward infodump in the first chapter it goes down smoothly The violence and unfairness make it easy to keep turning the pages Shortly after the book opens Theo is forced to murder her father and nothing gets me reading like a nice dose of fury at the injustice of it all Theo's undercover manipulations are also fun to readSome of the major plot aspects seem illogical such as why the new king called the Kaiser 🙄 would leave the rightful heir alive The book tries to explain it away but it doesn't really make much sense Surely if you want to dampen any hope of reinstating the rightful monarch then you would just kill the rightful monarchI should warn that it is at times grim and gory Slavery is a norm; beatings torture and rape non graphic are common The divide between the dark haired olive skinned Astrean people and the pale skinned blonde haired Kalovaxians is clearly along racial linesBUT what can I say? It is also an entertaining pageturner If you have room in your heart and on your bookshelves for another fantasy with princesses evil rulers rebellion and romance then you could definitely do worse than this oneTW graphic abuse and torture; rape non graphic; racismBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Fishes of the Open Ocean ueen was murdered before her eyes On that day the Kaiser took Theodosia's family her land and her name Theo was crowned Ash Princess a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisonerFor ten years Theo has been Is it better to have your life ended by someone who hates you or someone who loves you? Ash Princess has a heroine desperately trying to reclaim her stolen throne a mindlessly evil tyrant who stole said throne and a love triangle What's that you say? You've heard this one before? Yeah me too That being said to give credit where it's due it stands out for being compulsively readable and entertainingPlot and character wise it resembles many other YA fantasies But I was just complaining in my review of Sky in the Deep about how I keep reading a lot of “shallow and emotionless” YA fantasy books and this happens to be one that breaks the pattern I can't deny it is very compelling though it relies heavily on violence abuse and misery to keep Out of Bounds (Boundaries, us turning the pagesI'll spare you a plot summary you can probably guess it anyway and just say there's a rightful Grass, Sky, Song ueen held captive by the conuerors of her kingdom who must assist the Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos underground rebellion and reclaim her throne Whilst fighting off the hot dudes along the way of courseMany are comparing this to Red The Illusionists ueen which I did think was shallow and emotionless Instead I’d compare it to Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes both books are heavy on the violence feature slavery as a theme have a love triangle sort of and an evil tyrant driving the drama and action They are also similarly paced and engaging Aside from an awkward infodump in the first chapter it goes down smoothly The violence and O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, unfairness make it easy to keep turning the pages Shortly after the book opens Theo is forced to murder her father and nothing gets me reading like a nice dose of fury at the injustice of it all Theo's One for My Baby undercover manipulations are also fun to readSome of the major plot aspects seem illogical such as why the new king called the Kaiser 🙄 would leave the rightful heir alive The book tries to explain it away but it doesn't really make much sense Surely if you want to dampen any hope of reinstating the rightful monarch then you would just kill the rightful monarchI should warn that it is at times grim and gory Slavery is a norm; beatings torture and rape non graphic are common The divide between the dark haired olive skinned Astrean people and the pale skinned blonde haired Kalovaxians is clearly along racial linesBUT what can I say? It is also an entertaining pageturner If you have room in your heart and on your bookshelves for another fantasy with princesses evil rulers rebellion and romance then you could definitely do worse than this oneTW graphic abuse and torture; rape non graphic; racismBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

REVIEW Ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ò Laura Sebastian

Ash Princess

A captive in her own palace She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court She is powerless surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep insideThen one night the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable With blood on her hands and all hop 35 starsThere's no denying This could have been intricately plotted The characters could have been developed Some of the violence because there are repeated beatings could have been written with emotional and physical impact There is a half hearted triangle sorta? Maybe of a red herring After 400 pages I'm still not entirely sure how all the magic works And yetI enjoyed it It doesn't hurt that the book starts off with a doozy of an act one that clearly shows you the girl you are dealing with view spoilerTheodosia kills her own father as an act of mercy view spoilerI KNOW hide spoiler Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries unthinkable With blood on her hands and all hop 35 starsThere's no denying This could have been intricately plotted The characters could have been developed Some of the violence because there are repeated beatings could have been written with emotional and physical impact There is a half hearted triangle sorta? Maybe of a red herring After 400 pages I'm still not entirely sure how all the magic works And yetI enjoyed it It doesn't hurt that the book starts off with a doozy of an act one that clearly shows you the girl you are dealing with view spoilerTheodosia kills her own father as an act of mercy view spoilerI KNOW hide spoiler

Laura Sebastian Ò 6 REVIEW

E of reclaiming her throne lost she realizes that surviving is no longer enough But she does have a weapon her mind is sharper than any sword And power isn't always won on the battlefieldFor ten years the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved That all ends her WOW That was EXCELLENTEveryone who compared this to the Winner’s Curse was pretty on the money except that it was reversed It’s as if we’re following Arin’s story rather than Kestrel’s Me likey I can’t wait to start Lady SmokeRTC


10 thoughts on “Ash Princess

  1. says:

    Is it better to have your life ended by someone who hates you or someone who loves you? Ash Princess has a heroine desperately trying to reclaim her stolen throne a mindlessly evil tyrant who stole said throne and a love triangle What's that you say? You've heard this one before? Yeah me too That being said to give credit where it's due it stands out for being compulsively readable and entertainingPlot and character wise it resembles many other YA fantasies But I was just complaining in my review of Sky in the Deep about how I keep reading a lot of “shallow and emotionless” YA fantasy books and this happens to be one that breaks the pattern I can't deny it is very compelling though it relies heavily on violence abuse and misery to keep us turning the pagesI'll spare you a plot summary you can probably guess it anyway and just say there's a rightful ueen held captive by the conuerors of her kingdom who must assist the underground rebellion and reclaim her throne Whilst fighting off the hot dudes along the way of courseMany are comparing this to Red ueen which I did think was shallow and emotionless Instead I’d compare it to Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes both books are heavy on the violence feature slavery as a theme have a love triangle sort of and an evil tyrant driving the drama and action They are also similarly paced and engaging Aside from an awkward infodump in the first chapter it goes down smoothly The violence and unfairness make it easy to keep turning the pages Shortly after the book opens Theo is forced to murder her father and nothing gets me reading like a nice dose of fury at the injustice of it all Theo's undercover manipulations are also fun to readSome of the major plot aspects seem illogical such as why the new king called the Kaiser 🙄 would leave the rightful heir alive The book tries to explain it away but it doesn't really make much sense Surely if you want to dampen any hope of reinstating the rightful monarch then you would just kill the rightful monarchI should warn that it is at times grim and gory Slavery is a norm; beatings torture and rape non graphic are common The divide between the dark haired olive skinned Astrean people and the pale skinned blonde haired Kalovaxians is clearly along racial linesBUT what can I say? It is also an entertaining pageturner If you have room in your heart and on your bookshelves for another fantasy with princesses evil rulers rebellion and romance then you could definitely do worse than this oneTW graphic abuse and torture; rape non graphic; racismBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube


  2. says:

    I hope you will not fall off your chair if I tell you that you have read this story beforeMaybe once or twice or a hundred of times but you most certainly have Girl loses kingdom and family Girl wants kingdom back and boy helps her Girl manipulates her way surprisingly mainly into—instead of out of—trouble Nothing stands out Not even the idea of multiple gods and goddesses and gems that hold power that can be used by and on people There is the illusion of a world building but it is just that an illusionSo while you’ve read this story before it’s true that you haven’t read it from Theo’s point of view In the beginning I was sure I would love it After all unlike most fantasy YA heroines Theo pretends to be weak and a damsel in distressThe pretending entertained me Except when you think about it whether she is aware of her own manipulative actions like faking fear to let a guy protect her or not it remains that she isn’t acting all that differently from other fantasy YA heroines I simply don’t care Now I don’t mean that I want Theo to crumble and turn to real ashes but if my powers of prediction are correct that is not going to happen Otherwise there’s no story to tell and so I don’t care to read the whole trilogy Pssst I can also read hands for a small feeOh wait did I forget to mention that there’s a love triangle? Surprise Now you’ve fallen completely haven’t you? Well indeed there is A very—wait for it—predictable and annoying one What a waste of a really amazing cover oh and potential Though was there potential to begin with? The only reason I read it is because I have a thing for princess stories or so I have claimed recentlyBut now I feel like a fraud Grrr I might have to rethink my preferences Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’


  3. says:

    ARC provided by Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review “My name is Theodosia Eirene Houzzara ueen of Astrea and I will endure this” Friends I couldn’t put this down This was such an addicting and captivating read This was the first book of 2018 that I read in one day which is saying something because this book is almost 450 pages I was just so invested with the romance the rebellion and the betrayals that I couldn’t stop turning the pages Ash Princess is Laura Sebastian's debut novel which is a story about a girl named Theodosia yeah I’m going to be singing Hamilton all day after writing this review whose ruling mother was murdered and their land taken over by another kingdom when she was only six years old the Kaiser allowed her to live but only so that she could live among them while they take everything she has ever known away She is used as a reminder for her people that the Kaiser has enslaved and when they do anything to rise up Theodosia takes the punishment Her back is incredible scarred from the whippings she has had to endure but the Kaiser also inflicts so much mental and emotional abuse alongside the physical “The last person who called me by my true name was my mother with her dying breath” The Kaiser conuered Theodosia’s land because there are caves that run beneath four major temples that her people worship air fire water earth And gems come from those caves to give people magic but they also give people with an affinity for the elements a lot of magic The caves have so much magic inside them that when Theodosia’s mother would rule people would go down and stay in the caves most dying but some emerging and proving that they are worth the element the god and goddesses gave to them Now that the Kaiser rules he forces the slaves down there to mine but most lose their minds after being around the powers for too long and eventually lose their lives Theodosia’s only friend is a girl named Cress whose father is the one who swiped the blade across her mother’s throat Inside Theodosia feels a constant battle about what she can do while feeling so absolutely helpless Yet Cress also lost her mother when she was very young so an unconventional friendship grew from two girls both mourning the mothers they never got to know I loved seeing their friendship develop and become what it was by the end of the book But Theodosia is constantly reminded of all the things she lost alongside her mother but she is forced to do the only thing she can survive That is until one day a boy from her past comes and offers her a way out and a way to maybe right a few wrongs that have happened to her people “A life where a crown—gold or ash—doesn’t weigh heavy on my head” As I said above this is a dark story about a girl who is forced to live among the people who ruined her life and killed her mother TriggerContent Warnings for racism enslaving humans abuse torture graphic beating humiliation captivation gore murder death loss of a loved one bullying talk of rape in the past talk of animal murder in the past sexual assault unwanted touching and rebellionwar themes The other thing I’d like to talk about is that the Kaiser and his people are white with light features where Theodosia and her people have darker features and are said to have a “tawny” skin color On top of the fact that this is a story about how one empire colonizes another and puts the remaining population in chains and are force them to work and die in the mines harvesting gems “Maybe his interest in me isn’t just about saving the damsel Part of him also wants to be saved If he’s stained by his father’s sins then maybe I’m the only person who can absolve them” My favorite thing about this book was easily the romance Now a lot of books have kind of vague blurry love triangles but Ash Princess just has a blatant one and I loved it Theodosia is torn between her childhood friend and first love Blaise and a boy whose father has taken everything from her Søren It is legitimately friends to lovers and enemies to lovers and my shipper heart was so full of happiness I personally like the enemies to lovers side of the triangle and I was falling off my bed swooning so damn hard during the last tunnel scene Like that is my romance kink 100% and if you’ve read this book you’ll know what scene I’m talking about The romance in this is perfect and I will read Lady Smoke at midnight upon release to see how these romances progress because your girl is invested “You could ask me for the ocean itself and I would find a way to give it to you” So you’re probably asking “Melanie why did you give it four stars if you enjoyed it this much and won’t stop gushing over it?” And that’s because I’ll be honest this story doesn’t bring anything new to the YA Fantasy world If you read a lot of other reviews on Goodreads you’re going to notice the same line of “this is nothing new” and it is true A lot of reviewers are also comparing this to Red ueen and An Ember in the Ashes but I haven’t read either of those Basically this isn’t groundbreaking or even uniue but it’s super well written and crafted and it truly made for an un put downable read for me Overall I truly loved and devoured this This was easily the most addicting thing I’ve read in 2018 thus far and I completely recommend it with my whole heart Again it might not be the most original thing but that doesn’t make it not worthwhile I loved the characters the twists the plot the friendship the perfect romances the atmosphere the writing I loved it all “We are not defined by the things we do in order to survive” Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch The uotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication


  4. says:

    Edit I accidentally read this as Ass Princess and that’s what I’ll always see when I look at this titleThis book is everything I wanted Red ueen to be 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 What a fantastic debut I loved this so much I deadass want to reread it and experience all the feels all over again It was just so addicting and I was unable to put this down I devoured this 400 page book in two days Ash Princess is a trope filled book with a very common story line Theodosia or Theo was six years old when she witnessed her mother's the ueen brutal murder and had her country conuered from her In her country there are magical caves that run underneath the temples For fire air earth and water These are very sacred and only those who have proved themselves to the gods completely can go and get the magical gems Now Theo's people are forced to work as slaves in these mines and dig up the magical stones For ten years she has been living under the Kaiser and his brutal rule living uietly and trying to please him to survive All of that ends when she's forced to kill someone and her childhood friend comes and offers her an escape and make things right for their people She's filled with hate and determination to take back her kingdom and avenge her mother and people Sounds so common right? Hmm let's see it sounds so much like Ruined Red ueen Falling Kingdoms a lot of other YA books I can't think of right now and the brutal world resembles a lot to An Ember in the Ashes But I fucking loved this In my opinion this book was so much better than Ruined and Red ueen This world is so fucking brutal and violent a lot like An Ember in ashes Theo is always whipped publicly whenever her people try to rebel There is mention of rape slaves are treated horrible people are always being killed like in Falling Kingdoms But unlike that book Ash Princess isn't shit ily written People are being experimented on and a lot of gore and bloody things occur There is horrible enslavement that Theo's people go through in the mines and there is vivid descriptions of the horrific things that go on there There is also a lot of racism that happens in this book The Kaiser and his people are white while Theo and her people have darker skin and described as tawny Theo's country is colonized and her people are enslaved and suffer through a lot of horrific shit Theo is also mentally and physically abused so trigger warnings for all thatTheo is a character that I really loved and sympathized with from the very beginning Her life is horrible Every day she has to be someone she's not and endure the humiliation and abuse from the Kaiser She has no privacy of her own literally three guards called Shadows watch her 247 even when she's changing cannot express her thoughts freely and lives in constant fear of the Kaiser One wrong move and she'll piss the Kaiser off Then when that happens and she learns of the horrors her people are going through she snaps She still has to pretend but this time instead of fear she's filled with hate She's taking risks to meet with her people She has to learn that the only way to win and survive is by hate and violence She's also have an inner conflict with herself over her close friend in the castle and her growing feelings for the crown Prinz She doesn't want to kill them but if she is to take back her home she's going to have to I really understood her constant inner battle Her friend Cress whose father slit Theo's mothers throat and whips her is someone she's known for ten years in the castle Cress helped her and stood up for her against bullies and has been nothing but kind to her And now she's expected to kill her???? whatOh no my guys this has a LOVE TRIANGLE cue the groans of every person on the planet LISTEN I know y'all hate love triangles and I DO TOO but this one is somehow bearable even though it annoyed me a lot Theo has feelings for the Prinz and her childhood friend some dude whose name I forgot because I DON'T FUCKING SHIP THEM He's a really good guy but Prinz Soren and Theo all the way bitch Like they're both good boys but idk something about the Prinz manOkay so this is fucking trope filled and cliche as fuck so everyone's probably going to hate it but I loved it somehow so please read it I'm joking don't listen to me Y'all probably gonna hate it LMAO 😔I personally really loved this trope y ass book and would recommend it Please give it a tryPre reviewI'm only reading it for the gorgeous cover The plot sounds like 1000 other YA Fantasy books out there but I still have hope that this'll be badass


  5. says:

    This was a pretty dark and politically twisty fantasy and I was pretty sold It had powerful magic and intriguing world building and I am so there for this Seriously tho world buildingIt actually takes time to show us languages and cultures and there were a lot of fantasy words flying about but I didn't get confused I felt really sucked into the world after only a few chapters Plus it had a lot of fantastic details so everything seemed super vivid It has a lot of prettiness in it to balance the horror of the conuerorsIt's absolutely about a conuered nation and Theo is basically a trophy tortured daily for the crimes of her people but kept alive despite the horror she has to go through So she's like lavished in pretty dresses and wears pretty makeup and goes to banuets and has books Her BFF is one the daughter of a very powerful dude and she's all pretty and light and flippant But then in the background you have the conuered people being murdered and enslaved in mines and Theo's being whipped if they rebel It was a brutal and visual contrast This one had such a stunning world and so much potential for seuels It's about wicked conuerors and the glitter and jewels people will pile on top of festering poison and murders and I was definitely intrigued


  6. says:

    35 starsThere's no denying This could have been intricately plotted The characters could have been developed Some of the violence because there are repeated beatings could have been written with emotional and physical impact There is a half hearted triangle sorta? Maybe of a red herring After 400 pages I'm still not entirely sure how all the magic works And yetI enjoyed it It doesn't hurt that the book starts off with a doozy of an act one that clearly shows you the girl you are dealing with view spoilerTheodosia kills her own father as an act of mercy view spoilerI KNOW hide spoiler


  7. says:

    EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK IT IS PHENOMENAL Theo is so strong and actually a normal character who relates to things normally which i loved felt i could relate to her a little better Magic kings war and spying i could barely put it down I'm so excited for the seuel already and i can't believe i have to wait another yearAnd I know it had a love triangle but it was so believable for meAnd the struggle omg And the humiliation Jesus Christ Theo reminds me a little of Tris from divergent but she is such a strong young woman


  8. says:

    So earlier this year I took a trip to the south of France notably the Périgord which is filled with lovely relaxed people with sun kissed skin and floaty skirts a nice contrast to my jumpy pasty ass I was in the middle of an existential crisis and musing over whether or not to uit my job and become a starving artist and The Results May Surprise You While I was there I went to this antiues shop filled with retro fridges and dusty comics and amazing vinyl albums from the 80's from before I was even born my dudes which makes me look like a foetus or whatever Anyway I was agonising over this fucking incredible standing lamp with an old aged leather lampshade teeth clenched over the €150 price tag but Okay Let me paint you a picture here The lamp was about my height and the lampshade was at the top of course but it was balanced on this handmade ye olde globe and the globe was being held up by a faux gold almost life sized sculpture of Atlas It was like a blend of everything I love good light to read by inaccurate old timey maps and Greek mythology I was just standing over this lamp a thread of drool wetting the front of my sweaty t shirt it was upwards of thirty degrees all week and that's not safe for a pale Celtic weirdo like me trying not to reach into my purse for my credit card Eventually I talked myself out of it Okay that's a lie I tore myself away from it like one might tear a glob of gum from their hair because that lamp would look so fucking good in my flat next to the K 2SO figurine and the red thread pinned into the plasterboard and the giant snail in the tank in the living room I kept cursing it cursing how poor I am until I came across a cardboard box full of no not false nails or chicken feet No It was full of carnivale masks They weren't the lamp but they were pretty cool I dithered between two of them one with a big velvet ruff and covered in bells and another smaller one with a salty little smirk on her face I eventually chose the one with the bells and it was only like €15 which was acceptable Jesus Christ it wasn't the damn lamp but it would do I liked it It took me a while to get the mask home because there wasn't enough room in my luggage but some weeks later I was balancing on the back of the ugly pink armchair one eye on the TV watching Kurzgesagt and trying not to press a push pin through my finger Then the mask was up and it looks cool and but le sigh I'll never forget about the lamp It will live on in my heart forever So here's the thing When you read this next part you'll probably envision me tapping away at my crumb filled 2012 MacBook next to my giant snail surrounded by crystals and dusty ornaments and sporting a tin foil hat and save for the tin foil hat you're not wrong The point is that on the Ghoul Boys scale I'm not a Boogara but nor am I a Shaniac I'm sort of in the middle and I have my own theories and all I'm saying is HEAR ME OUT It started on the day that the mask arrived in my home On that day I experienced my very first lucid dream It was one of the most terrifying things I've ever fucking witnessed and someday if anyone's interested I'll talk about it I took notes down on my phone the second I woke up but I needn't have bothered I remember the dream so vividly and I also remember the absolutely paralysing fear that I experienced I know it was a lucid dream and within the dream I was aware that I was dreaming; I said the words to myself inside my head I am in a dream But it was baffling visceral and indescribably frightening I woke up feeling like I had already lived through a day The full story is for another time but that's still notable Something changed when the mask went up on the wall I was sitting in the living room watching Friends and drawing with my crusty old tablet and I heard the shoeboxes in my bedroom stir like they were being shuffled around My flat is fairly small and the front door opens out to a short hallway with the bedroom to the left and the living room to the right; the noise was therefore loud enough for me to hear over my roaring laughter at the timeless joy of everyone's favourite 90's sitcom and two albeit open doors An important thing to note here is that there are only two shoeboxes and they're fairly big so it's not easy for them to topple I texted my sister about this and she seemed spooked At the time surprisingly I wasn't worried I also woke up the morning after the shoebox incident with blinding lateral foot pain that was so bad I couldn't walk though I had run 4km the day prior to that so I put it down to overexercise Though I should mention that I had completed that same 4km run many times before with no trouble and had also been exercising uite diligently for weeks before that so Make of it what you will A couple of days later I was lying in bed at about 9am scrolling through Tumblr and I heard a funny clattering in the bathroom like something being knocked by an elbow Now my bathroom is stacked absolutely full of useless crap including but not limited to empty toothpaste boxes empty shampoo bottles face masks 40 vol bleach bottles a dying orchid and like eight pairs of sunglasses ??? so it's easy to turn around and knock stuff over I glanced at the door then went back to scrolling on Tumblr Whatever dude Don't hate me but I tend to write off any paranormal experiences that start with I had just woken up Sleep messes with your mind guys Stuff like false awakening and sleep paralysis can seriously dick around with your perception of reality I've experienced false awakening before and later discovered after some extensive research that what I thought was a crazy paranormal experience was just my brain tricking me into thinking I had three arms I'm always open to suggestion but I tend to take anything that happens just after waking up from REM sleep with a big big pinch of salt What makes me pause on this is that I woke up at 8am and had been solidly awake but lying in bed for about an hour scrolling through social media when this happened Last night just after I had settled down to sleep I heard what sounded like the fridge door closing This gave me pause because before I go to bed I obsessively check the locks on the door check to make sure the sockets are off at the wall check to make sure the taps are off and check to make sure the fridge and freezer are shut This is a ritual because if I haven't double and sometimes triple checked these things then I lie awake all night getting anxious about it I did these checks of course and then the fridge door shut Okay My flat has been sweltering all summer It's still warm outside My flat is now cold Throughout the entire summer whenever I opened a window flies and bees and wasps always buzzed inside and annoyed the crap out of me The windows have been open every day since the mask entered my home and I have not seen a single bug There are creaks and small movements in the night I wake every now and again at between 3 and 5am though I usually sleep like a corpse Am I imagining it? Probably But I've seen and heard enough creepy shit in my life to believe that there's out there than what we can see And I had prepared throughout my years for something of this ilk to happen to me I had imagined what it might be to live alone and wonder if maybe I wasn't really as alone as I thought Every time I pictured it I saw myself terrified and unable to sleep and back in my old childhood home where I could not shake the feeling of being watched But the thing is that I just honestly don't give a damn I'm stressed and trying to break into publishing is a fucking disaster and I'm just like okay Whatever You can haunt my home if you want to as long as you stay in your corner and I stay in mine Just don't break anything and we're cool I can sit at my weird hoofed coffee table and write and this thing whatever it is if it even exists can pulse away inside that mask that feels like it's staring at me as long as it doesn't scare my friends or pick at the wallpaper It's cool I'm fine with it Let's just both move on with our lives and coexist You were wondering where the book comes in right?I feel the same way about this book as I do about the mask The book's very pretty but its contents aren't to my taste That said I don't harbour any ill feeling towards it Some years ago I'd have hissed and spat at this book for being so simplistic and depressing and at the same time boring and expected elemental magic? Really? Come on It's 20gayteen but now as a grown woman I'm fine with it It's whatever It was very very standard YA fare and I doubt I'll remember it in 6 weeks' time It'll sit on my bookshelf no not a shelf just a stack on the floor and as long as it doesn't fall and crush my toe or anything then it can do its thing and I'll do mine I can move on from it and forget about it and lament nothing about my time with it It was blah and thinner than rice paper but I really can't force myself to care Maybe I should be pissed off about the book than the ghost but the ghost cost €15 and the book only set me back like £799 The ghost is a better investment probably but given the barren fucking wasteland that is my life right now I'd say they're both eually irrelevant The only thing I'm cheesed about is the collective £2135 I paid for a very low key haunting and a long eye roll Thanks Brexit


  9. says:

    WOW That was EXCELLENTEveryone who compared this to the Winner’s Curse was pretty on the money except that it was reversed It’s as if we’re following Arin’s story rather than Kestrel’s Me likey I can’t wait to start Lady SmokeRTC


  10. says:

    Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian is the first book in the young adult fantasy series Ash Princess Trilogy This is one that is on the darker side with violence abuse slavery and a hint of rape so beware to those with issues with these triggers There is also a hint of a love triangle involved with the main character a boy from her past and the son prince of her captorThe story begins as we meet Theodosia Eirene Houzzara who by all rights should be the ueen of Astrea However ten years before Theodosia’s people were overthrown and her mother the ueen was killed in front of her Since that day she has done whatever she can to stay alive despite the torture she’s endured When Theodosia’s father who once was a guard in her kingdom is brought into the court for “trial” and sentenced to death at her own hand it sparks something in the fallen princess She knows that many of her people have died but even if it costs her own life she must do what she can to regain her throneI suppose the first thing to say about this one would be that no it isn’t a highly original tale but of one done before However when they mention a series like Red ueen in comparison I was hesitant to even try this one because of finding that one so slow and dare I say boring Ash Princess may have hints of the same type of young adult fantasy read as others before it but it was strangely enjoying to me regardless and I felt myself get caught up in the story as it went alongThe writing in here seemed to flow rather easily for such a dark tale and had a compelling feel to it I’ve missed in other books of this type The stage has been set in this first book and with a somewhat cliffhanger type of ending it seems there are sure to be some big developments to come with the plot so yes I will definitely continue the series on to see how it goes from hereI received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalleyFor reviews please visit